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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.27 ~ 17TH MARCH 2019

Coming off their first live streaming event on YouTube – Hisame brings us all the things we need to know about NOAH!

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Coming off their first live streaming event on YouTube – Hisame brings us all the things we need to know about NOAH!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
On March 16th, NOAH kicked off “Spring Navigation 2019” by visiting Matsuyama, Ehime, Shikoku.

The atmosphere was said to be one of excitement, which had been carried over from “Great Voyage in Yokohama 2019” which happened on the 10th March.

Following his appearance in Yokohama with KAZMA, NOSAWA teamed with Takashi Sugiura in Matsuyama. Sugiura later posted on Twitter that he “trusted” NOSAWA, but this was probably a typo as he later said that he didn’t at all.

And so much for gratitude, Masao Inoue and Sugiura have returned to their minor (and comedic) feud, with Inoue bumbling around and using the usual tricks to try and win, until Sugiura obliterated him.

Naomichi Marufuji wound up Kenoh by saying that he was an “obedient Kenoh” these days (because he does what Kiyomiya says), adding on the suffix “kun” (which signifies in this case that a senior is addressing a junior) for good measure.

Kenoh said that it was their first match together since Marufuji had been injured, and he was looking forward to kicking him. Hard.

In the ring, the fight went to the outside (even to the merchandise table) and Kenoh no sold Marufuji’s “Kawada Kicks”.

Afterwards, Marufuji said that Kenoh must be very fond of him to want to fight him so much, and he wasn’t even in Global Tag League.

In a first for NOAH (since streaming services became all the rage so to speak), they announced that their final show at Hakata Stalene on the 17th March 2019, was going to be streamed live via their YouTube channel. It was worldwide, free of charge, and despite NOAH having to shut off the audio for any songs they didn’t have the rights to, it was a success. The image was flawless, the sound was perfect, the transmission was good (although I had to shut down my machine twice as I was watching it through my PS4, and it kept losing connection, but that is nothing to do with the service).

Hakata Stalene is going to be demolished; the building is now crumbling due to age and damage caused by seismic activity over the years, and it is going to be too expensive to repair due to its 1970s construction methods. Many promotions in Japan have held one final show here.

I have been asked many times if this means that NOAH are going to make this a regular thing. The answer is, I don’t know; but I get the feeling that this is them killing two birds with one stone, broadcasting a big event for them and seeing what response they get (about 2.1K people tuned in worldwide).

Hi69 has challenged Kotaro Suzuki to a title match for the GHC Junior  Heavyweight Tag Team titles. Suzuki initially agreed to the match, looked at Hi69 and said that he would “have to check the weight”.

Expect Kotaro Suzuki to demand a public weighing. 

Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against old tag team partner, Masa Kitamiya, and had a policy of eliminating him from his young teammates (Junta Miyawaki, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada), by throwing him into the crowd, hitting him with a chair and attacking him at the merchandise table.

Naomichi Marufuji and Yoshinari Ogawa had a rare singles match, which was very technical, and although Marufuji won, he said he was exhausted by it. Everything he tried, Ogawa was one step ahead and he said he couldn’t pull out any moves from any drawers, not even a fraction. Marufuji, however, wasn’t completely at Ogawa’s mercy; Ogawa came away with a chopped red chest. 

Takashi Sugiura and Go Shiozaki put on a “Golden Era” match of just two guys beating up on each other. Their match was so stiff, at one point Shiozaki was briefly knocked out, and the ref had to perform a concussion test on him. Shiozaki could walk from the ring fortunately, but managed to slip a bit on the small steps. He later posted on Twitter about how Hakata Stalene was special to him, and made no mention of any concussion or injury, so I guess he is fine.

Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya debuted their new tag team, their new pose, and their new tandem move. When Kenoh came out, he stepped to the side and Kiyomiya came through the curtains, they then shook hands and went to the ring.

Their new move consists of Kiyomiya slamming the opponent with Kenoh doing the diving footstomp afterwards.

The dates of the small tour can be found here
Event recap: Matsuyama, Ehime
Event recap: Hakata Stalene, Fukuoka
Autograph schedule 

NEWS
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s new column compares the Japanese closure of the country for about 220 to NOAH’s policy of isolation, and how it can be a good thing in allowing homegrown talent to grow without having to rely on or being dictated to by any outside source.

CODY HALL LEAVES NOAH
Although NOAH are yet to confirm anything officially, it looks very much like Cody Hall has left NOAH and is now advertising his availability for events in the US and Europe, and has not appeared on any upcoming cards. He says that he would like to return to the promotion someday.

At “Great Voyage in Yokohama 2019”, Mitsuya Nagai (having basically been told by 50 Funky Powers that he couldn’t dance or pose with them, despite his funky green flashing glasses), said that he was looking for a tag partner that would shake things up for Global Tag League 2019.

Atsushi Kotoge came to the ring clutching a Paisley patterned cape. Nagai (taking a small break from yelling at a woman to shut up), looked as if to say, “please, not you…anyone but you”. Kotoge, however, wouldn’t be deterred from what he now sees as his mission to put justice into the heart of Nagai and wrapped the cape around him.

Backstage, Nagai said that he said that he never said that he would team with him, and that this cape looked like it was used by robbers (and threw in a few expletives). Kotoge told him that robbers were people the police came to arrest, not heroes such as themselves, whom First Graders looked up to and so could Nagai watch his language?

Nagai later posted on Twitter wondering about a team name, Kotoge of course bounced up and suggested “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”.

Nagai is yet to comment.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ In Matsuyama when the roster come out to sign autographs. Some junior high kids, who couldn’t afford merchandise, asked YO-HEY & Yoshinari Ogawa if they could sign autographs for them, all they had was some paper. Autograph rules are that the wrestlers are only meant to sign merchandise, but Ogawa overruled this (he is the most senior man in the company and no one is going to argue with him), and said, “lets do it”.
~ Daisuke Harada made a beeline for Kaito Kiyomiya during their match in Matsuyama, Ehime. Kiyomiya brushed it off in the interview afterwards, basically saying that he had better things to think about than being attacked by the NOAH juniors.
~ Being injured and unable to travel too much meant that like everyone else outside of Fukuoka, Atsushi Kotoge watched the event at Hakata Stalene at home.
~ Maybach Taniguchi is still in “monster mode” and attacked the referee after a match.

~ NOAH have filmed their two yearly adverts for long time sponsor, “The Leave”.
~ Although Kenoh and Kiyomiya are teaming, both have acknowledged they are not, and probably will not be friends. Kiyomiya says he will have to keep an eye on Kenoh, and Kenoh has said, he will be aiming for the belt (as will Takashi Sugiura who stated that no matter how NOAH may have changed, his wanting the belt hadn’t, in a separate interview)
~ Was Kenoh crying when Kiyomiya called him to the ring at “Great Voyage in Yokohama?”
~ The merchandise truck broke down en route to Hakata Stalene, and had to be rescued by the wrestlers bus, hence the autograph signings before the event had to be rearranged.
~ Takashi Sugiura came home to find his dog had moved into his space on the couch when he is away. Lets not talk about the pictures he took of his dog doing its business when he walked him.
~ The GHC Heavyweight champions, AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima) and the GHC Junior GHC Champion, Minoru Tanaka, had a kind of group hug, in which Shiozaki lent so hard on Nakajima he almost knocked him over.
~ Kensuke Sasaki and Akira Hokuto came to Hakata Stalene for NOAH’s farewell match there.

BROADCASTS
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live

LINKS
Venue guide: Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
Roster birthday list
“Kenoh and I will stand at the top and change the setting” ~ Interview with Kaito Kiyomiya
Kaito Kiyomiya resolves to “lead with strong feelings”
Kaito Kiyomiya defends against genius Marufuji, declares a united front with Kenoh
“Echoes across the industry”: Minoru Tanaka’s first GHC Junior Championship
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki’s first defense “Going Forward”
Kaito Kiyomiya breaks Marufuji in 3rd championship defense, decoration of the promotions new ship

Picture credits: Takashi Sugiura, Noah GHC, PKDX


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 4 B Block

Second night for the B Block! Jay White and Tetsuya Naito need to get on the scoreboard. Did it happen?

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Second night for the B Block! Jay White and Tetsuya Naito need to get on the scoreboard. Did it happen?

Sapporo is a fun city for the main event, with a lot of general history.

Will Ospreay having a neck injury means he’s not working the undercard tonight.

Those are probably the two points that matter the most. So I guess let’s get to the show!

Ratings:

  • Jyushin Thunder Liger & Kota Ibushi vs Yota Tsuji & Shota Umino: Ibushi wins via Half Boston Crab @8:20 – **
  • Toa Henare, Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma vs EVIL, BUSHI & SANADA: BUSHI wins via MX @7:20 – ** 1/2
  • Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr & Lance Archer vs KENTA, Clark Connors, Karl Fredricks & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Kanemaru wins via Deep Impact @11:30 – ***
  • Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI: Okada wins via Rainmaker @8:45 – ** 1/4
  • Block B: Shingo Takagi vs Toru Yano: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @6:15 – ** 3/4
  • Block B: Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto: Juice wins via Pulp Friction @12:20 – *** 1/2
  • Block B: Jon Moxley vs Jeff Cobb: Moxley wins via Draping Deathrider @8:55 – *** 1/4
  • Block B: Tomohiro Ishii vs Jay White: Ishii wins via Vertical Drop Brainbuster @19:15 – **** 1/2
  • Block B: Taichi vs Tetsuya Naito: Taichi wins via Last Ride @21:00 – *** 3/4

 

Analysis:

Liger and Ibushi take on Young Lions because Will Ospreay is nursing an injury. So this was unexpected, but who’s gonna argue with some Liger? Bare bones basic Young Lion match, but Liger and Ibushi kept the interest high.

EVIL and SANADA are facing one another on Thursday, but they were on the same team tonight. Part of this story was BUSHI remaining to look strong since the end of the BOSJ, while EVIL and SANADA had the tension building up. Instead of the LIJ fist bump after the win, EVIL tries to cheap shot SANADA, SANADA counters and then they have a stand off.

This Suzuki-Gun match was beautiful. It was just a gang fight, with each member of Suzuki-Gun taking someone off and Lance Archer even joined commentary at some point. House show quality match was a good way to describe this, but it was still fun and got across the point for future matches and just great character work.

It might be a little mean to say, but YOSHI-HASHI is in this match, so who cares? Chase Owens does prove why he’s the glue that holds Bullet Club together. He’s a great tag team player and this year he’s looked a lot better than he has in the past. So we’ve got an alright match, Okada wasn’t gonna eat a pin, but I guess they wanted to protect YOSHI a little, so Chase ate the Rainmaker.

Shingo proved he watched the Naito match by trying to get Yano to take off his shirt. Anyone who saw Shingo in Dragon Gate knows he’s got some comedy chops being a former…wait…the current, Open the Owarai Gate champion (Owarai means comedy). Shirt, wrist tape and turnbuckle shenanigans ensue, but the right person won. Shingo gets on the board and doesn’t suffer the shame of getting bamboozled.

This tends to be an issue with Goto and Juice a lot of the time. By this, I mean boredom. Goto and Juice have bumped heads a few times and they both try very hard, but they aren’t exciting together. Juice being a quirky but not overly animated just means you get a snarky line and one move that may be entertaining (usually Left Hand of God) and then the action stalls. So both did good work, it was a tough match, but it wasn’t really anything crazy. Solid enough match though.

Moxley focused on Cobb’s left shoulder, so the story was to take out Cobb’s power and try to figure out how to end the match. We saw another solid match, and Moxley gets across more of his character. He does borderline heel tactics and then apologizes to the referee. So this brawling, unstable babyface is an old school gimmick in Japan, but not often seen in New Japan. It’s nice to watch, and Moxley taking advantage of Cobb’s positioning to hit the Draping Dirty Deathriding Paradigm DDT.

Jay White starts off against two of the heavier hitters from Chaos, his former stable. After taking Goto lightly, Ishii comes into this match after a big win over Jeff Cobb. White came into the match less relaxed, but still playing up his smarmy character. Ishii laid into Jay the whole match, where Jay tried to outsmart the Stone Pitbull, but Jay isn’t as clever as he thinks he is. A great match with well placed false finishes and a lot of tension. Fantastic back and forth, plus Ishii picking up the win is something special.

There were so many story threads going on here. Sapporo is the place of their Intercontinental Championship match earlier in the year where Taichi had Takashi Iizuka interfere. Iizuka left the Iron Fingers for Taichi, but he hasn’t used them in the 6 months he’s had them. This was a great struggle of wrestlers who were once rivals, but Naito has since eclipsed Taichi. Hell, Taichi even hit a Ganso Bomb, shades of his mentor Toshiaki Kawada. References, call backs and a solid match from a story telling perspective.  Work rate might not have been fantastic, but that’s the beauty of professional wrestling being more than the moves in the ring. Plus part of the fun of Taichi matches is watch Miho Abe react, since she’s such a lovely devoted valet.

Overall Score: 6.75/10

A lot of this show was driven by the stories and the historical threads between participants, opposed to the in-ring action. I appreciate the mixture of angles that New Japan shows attack with. Many newer fans just know NJPW for great hard hitting work rate, but the beauty of puroresu in general is how deep the stories go.

Sometimes the wrestlers reference things from their mentors/trainers, sometimes it’s just a story line from the isolationist politics that each puro company has dabbled with or sometimes it goes all the way back to when someone was a Young Boy in a dojo. The layers are there for those who wish to know, so part of the fun in nights like this, are what personally floats your boat.

The show was the weakest so far, but there were plenty of satisfying moments outside of ring work.

B Block Standings:

  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2-0 (4 Points)
  • Jon Moxley – 2-0 (4 Points)
  • Juice Robinson – 2-0 (4 Points)
  • Toru Yano – 1-1 (2 Points)
  • Hirooki Goto – 1-1 (2 Points)
  • Shingo Takagi – 1-1 (2 Points)
  • Taichi – 1-1 (2 Points)
  • Jay White – 0-2 (0 Points)
  • Jeff Cobb – 0-2 (0 Points)
  • Tetsuya Naito – 0-2 (0 Points)

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.43 ~ 14TH JULY 2019

Global Junior Tag League has started! Hisame let’s us know what’s going on in Pro Wrestling NOAH!

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
After a long break in which it was thought that due to the silence coming from the roster, they had all gone on a short summer break, NOAH returned on the 12th July to hold a show in Tokorozawa.

In Global Junior Tag League, YO-HEY defeated Junta Miyawaki (although he did praise him afterwards in a rambling promo), and Chris Ridgeway defeated fellow STINGER, Kotaro Suzuki by making him tap.

Minoru Tanaka vs Daisuke Harada for Global Junior League, was the main event of the evening, and what a match it was. They pulled everything out of every drawer they had, Tanaka worked on Harada’s knee, while Harada worked on the neck. The match went to a thirty minute draw, and both spoke afterwards about it. Minoru Tanaka says that he won today, and he will win the league. He also mentioned that he wants to see more junior matches main event shows.

Daisuke Harada said that he would not let “that stranger” win, and he would challenge for the belt again, whether the fans liked it or not.

Takashi Sugiura and Hajime Ohara took on Masao Inoue and Kinya Okada, and there was the usual amusing Inoue\Sugiura interplay. Earlier in the evening, joining in with Marufuji not remembering Kenoh’s name, and vice versa, Takashi Sugiura joined in, but changed it so that he couldn’t remember Masao Inoue’s name. Inoue is a sufferer of gout, and naturally Sugiura targeted his foot by keeping him in the ankle lock after Kinya Okada had tapped, and then when his arms were lifted in victory, he continued stamping on Inoue’s foot.

Speaking of Marufuji and Kenoh, Kenoh (when the team of Marufuji, Yoshinari Ogawa, Hiroshi Yamato and Keisuke Ishii took on Kongoh), timed it just right when Marufuji bounced into the ring, landed and turned so that he was there waiting for him, and they both got in each others face. Inamura was chopped to ribbons.

As Go Shiozaki was still absent (he will return to the ring on the 15th), Katsuhiko Nakajima came to the ring carrying both of the tag belts. As he said at the match signing which took place on the 13th June, he was preparing more for the GHC Heavyweight than the singles, and so he started the match off against Kaito Kiyomiya. However, it wasn’t Nakajima who took the win, but Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on Hi69.

EVENT RECAPS

Tokorozawa City Gymnasium, Sub Arena (12th July 2019)
Post match promos – 12th July 2019

Current Global Junior League Scores (as of July 14th 2019)

BLOCK A

Minoru Tanaka 5
Daisuke Harada 3
Yoshinari Ogawa 2
Tadasuke 2
YO-HEY 2
Junta Miyawaki 0

BLOCK B

HAYATA 4
Chris Ridgeway 4
Hajime Ohara 2
Hitoshi Kumano 2
Kotaro Suzuki 0
Hi69 0

NEWS

“THE COMPANY DOG”

In keeping in the theme of using pets on merchandise (a silhouette of one of Hitoshi Kumano’s little French Bulldog appeared on the back of one of his t-shirts, and Akitoshi Saito had a cat t-shirt) continued when NOAH put the head of Takashi Sugiura’s beloved Shiba Inu on a t-shirt, complete with dog tags which read “company dog”. Naturally, this was a shot at Kongoh (in specific Kenoh, as he is the only one who speaks), who are currently feuding with The Sugiura Army, and the use of the phrase “Company dog” (i.e. someone who does his masters bidding unquestionably, comes goes, fetches, wags tail etc).

The t-shirt will be released on the 15th July at Korakuen Hall, with mail order to follow (a white version is also available).

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI’S COMIC STRIP
Naomichi Marufuji has started illustrating a comic for “Weekly Pro”. The comic is a condensed version of his autobiography, “Heir To The Ark”, and starts off with his childhood growing up in Saitama with three older brothers, and wrestling with them which inspired his love of the sport. The comic starts off with two of his brothers arguing about who they are going to be, then they tell little Marufuji that they feel sorry for him, as being the youngest and the smallest, he is going to get it from them (which he did in reality), and Marufuji fighting back by saying that Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) is strong.

You can find an ongoing translation on my blog.

TAKAYAMANIA

The main event for TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2 will be Hideki Suzuki and Minoru Suzuki vs Naomichi Marufuji and Masato Tanaka. Event will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.

Broadcast most likely will be through ABEMA (a Japanese PPV subscription channel, only available to those in Japan).

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ HAYATA’S garden has produced Daikon. YO-HEY celebrated by putting it in his mouth.
~ NOAH held a joint fan birthday party for Kaito Kiyomiya and Junta Miyawaki. Miyawaki turned 22 in June, with Kiyomiya turning 23 this month.
~ Naomichi Marufuji says he has a new gown for Korakuen Hall on the 15th June
~ YO-HEY made a summer vacation to see his family in rural Yabu. One of his young nieces asked him if he was married to HAYATA.

BROADCASTS
NOAH’s big Kawasaki Kultz event (and the GHC Heavyweight title, plus the final night of Global Junior League 2019) will air on the 2nd August on G+ at 12.30am JST

NOAH will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th August at 11.30am JST on G+

GIF OF THE WEEK

LINKS
GHC Heavyweight tag & single championship signing

Picture credit: Noah GHC, PKDK, YO-HEY
GIF credit: Noah GHC


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